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Fairport Historical Museum

18 Perrin Street
Fairport, NY

Phone: 716-223-3989 - Tty: -

Statement of Purpose

To promote community interest in the preservation of local records and artifacts for posterity, and for the enlightenment of the People of Perinton.

Highlights & Collections

The Fairport Historical Museum is located in the former Fairport Public Library. Built in 1937 as a W.P.A. project, the Museum houses the local history collections of the Perinton Historical Society. The building was designed by Harvey Martin.

In the lobby of the Fairport Historical Museum is a large mural by Carl W. Peters, American Scene painter, painted in 1938 under a W.P.A. grant. It depicts agriculture along the Erie Canal. The scene is portrayed on the cover of the book 'Carl W. Peters: American Scene Painter from Rochester to Rockport' by Richard H. Love (University of Rochester Press)

The grounds around the Museum contain a perennial garden of historic plants and a herb garden. All plants are labeled. The gardens are maintained by the Green Brier Garden Club. The Museum is fully handicaped accessible and has a fine gift-shop.

The library contains a comprehensive survey and pictures of houses and other architecture in the village of Fairport and the town of Perinton. Other collections include industrial and household implements, geneologies of local families, early property records and lot transactions, local directories, files on local businesses, people, churches, schools, ladies temperance, firemen, etc. cemetary records, local newspapers, scrapbooks, and ladies fashions in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events

Permanent exhibit of a Victorian Parlor Room, a general store exhibit, and tools of early Perinton agriculture and industries. The Museum also houses an extensive costume collection.

Annual Event first week-end in June: Fairport Canal Days is the largest arts & crafts fair east of the Mississippi River.

The International Canal Conference is scheduled in and around Fairport's Erie Canal section September 10-14, 2000. The Fairport Historical Museum expects to provide additional support to accomodate the expected tourist influx.

Calendar of Events:



Sundays and Tuesdays: 2:00-4:00 P.M. Thursdays 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Extra summer hours through Labor Day: Thu, Fri & Sat 2-4 PM, and Tue 7-9 PM

Admission & Directions:

Free to the public.

From New York State Thruway (US Route 90) exit #45, turn right on Route 96 to Route 250, go north to Route 31F, go west to Perrin Street (first right turn). Fairport Museum is on the left side.

Key Personnel:

Matson Ewell, Museum Director
John J. Jongen, Trustee of the Perinton Historical Society

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